One of the saddest thing an AC PAW volunteer might have to do is having to say no to a dog in need. However, with your help, those situations will happen a lot less often. With limited foster homes available, animal rescue groups rely on foster homes to save as many dogs and cats as they can. There are many different situations that animals find themselves in which put them in danger of going to an animal shelter. Foster care is a great alternative so that they can be put up for adoption while being taken care of in a normal home environment.
Some people like to foster kittens or puppies; some love the older dogs; some take on special needs such as blindness or diabetes; others will take any cat or dog who comes along in need of help. Typical fostering can last anywhere from a few weeks to a a few months or more depending on the situation. Foster homes allow an animal to live in a more stress-free environment than the one they would be subjected to at an animal shelter and must less likely to contract a disease or a new behavioral issue. It also allows the new adopter to have more information about the dog they are adopting because they have the foster mom or dad’s perspective on the dog’s personality and behavior from their point of view.
If you would like to learn more about fostering dogs with AC PAW, and have room in your heart and home for a temporary family friend to visit, please go to the AC PAW Volunteer Drive on Sunday, March 29th from 7 to 8 pm at PetSmart in Traverse City. For more information, call 231-587-0738. Hosted by AC PAW, PetSmart and the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.